The SDG AcademyEducational Resources from the World's Leading Experts on Sustainable Development
The SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu) is a virtual platform that provides high-quality, mass online education in the field of sustainable development. We bring together the world’s foremost experts on sustainable development – including health, education, climate change, agriculture and food systems, sustainable investment, and other related fields – to offer a comprehensive core curriculum, equipping the next generation of sustainable development practitioners to take on the complex challenges facing our planet. All course materials are available free of cost to everyone!
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We are happy to present you with selected lectures from our global faculty on topics outside of our current courses.
Jeffrey Sachs | Economics for the Common Good
Professor Jeffrey Sachs delivers one of the keynote addresses on “Economics for the Common Good” at the conference “Subjective well-being over the life course: Evidence and policy implications” held at the London School of Economics and Political Science on 12-13 December 2016.
Meet our Leaders Series
The first week of each month a member of our Leadership Council will host a live one-hour webinar session on topics they care about, how they got into the field, and how you can make a difference. #MeetourLeaders
Dr. Klaus Leisinger | May 4, 2017
Dr. Eugenie Birch | April 4, 2017
Paul Polman | January 5th, 2017
Dr. Maria Freire | December 7th, 2016
Aromar Revi | November 7th, 2016
Jeffrey Sachs | October 6th, 2016
Spring Semester 2017
Announcing the SDG Academy’s Spring Semester of courses! Sign up now to take courses on early childhood development, sustainable agriculture, climate change solutions, natural resource management, oceans and sustainable cities.
Our Global Faculty
Our global faculty comprises leading experts in sustainable development from around the world who believe in the power of sharing knowledge to improve the lives of everyone.
The SDG Academy Team
The SDSN Association, an independent non-profit organization that was set up to support the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), hosts the SDG Academy and is made up of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to the idea that sharing knowledge can change the world.
Meet our team:
Chandrika Bahadur is the Director of the SDG Academy. From 2008-2011, she was advisor to the Chairman and Managing Director at Reliance Industries, where she helped set up Reliance Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation focusing on areas of education, health, rural development, and urban renewal.From 2001-2008, Chandrika worked with the United Nations in different roles. In her last assignment, she was a Policy Advisor at UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy in New York, working in Africa to help Ministries of Finance and Planning align their strategies to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), across 20 countries. From 2003-2006, she was part of the leadership team of the UN Millennium Project, an advisory group convened by the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend strategies for the MDGs. From 2001-2002 she worked on trade and HIV and AIDS programs at the United Nations. She has prior teaching experience at Harvard and Columbia universities.
Chandrika holds a Masters degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
Head of Online Education
Megan Cassidy is the Head of Online Education of the SDG Academy. Prior to joining SDSN, she worked with the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute as a Program Manager, providing policy research and analytical support to national governments on challenges of economic development and poverty alleviation. Originally from Arizona, Megan moved to New York City as a Teach for America corps member, and from 2006 to 2011, she worked an elementary school teacher and school data specialist for the New York City Department of Education in the South Bronx. She holds a Masters degree in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Masters degree in Education from Pace University, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Arizona Honors College.
Liz Moyer is a Program Manager at the SDG Academy. She is an empathy-driven development practitioner who has over nine years of experience in applied research and social policy with a focus on community-driven development. In 2015, she led the research, writing and design of the SDSN flagship report, Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals: A guide for stakeholders. From 2011 to 2015 Liz provided management and consultancy services to grassroots nonprofit organizations, The Hunger Project (2014, NYC) and Harambee Youth Kenya (2011-2012, Nairobi); startup social enterprises, Timerepublik (2014-2015, NYC) and Minkay (2014, Bogota); and a public affairs management firm, The Winter Group (2012, Harrisburg).
Liz holds a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Latin from the Jesuit institution Saint Joseph’s University. She has a strong personal belief in the concept of healing – healing at the personal and systemic level. She looks forward to the challenge of collectively figuring out how to implement sustainable development in the decades to come. For she knows, her generation will never be bored with all the good work that needs to be done!
Spring Semester 2017 Courses – Enroll today!
Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development
Natural Resources for Sustainable Development: The Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mining Governance
Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability
Climate Action: Solutions for a Changing Planet
One Planet – One Ocean
Age of Sustainable Development
University Partnerships Program
The SDG Academy is pleased to announce its new University Partnership Program. If you lead or are part of a program on sustainable development that would like to tailor and use the courses of the SDG Academy in the 2017 Academic Session and would like for the SDG Academy to support that process, please apply to the program. More information can be found here on our FAQ page. Interested parties should send an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. At this stage, the SDG Academy can make this offer to only 10 universities on a first-come-first-served basis. Take advantage of the SDG Academy global faculty and cutting edge content. Apply today!